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Joke Telling

May 8, 2003 |

I would like to be a good joke teller, but the simple fact is that I'm not. I tried a couple Ole and Lena jokes I heard on your show at my brother's wedding, and... well, let's just say the response was, "cricket... cricket". What got them laughing was when I condemned myself as a horrid joke teller, and apologized profusely. How do I get good, or is it just something you're born with?

Jon Lewis
Chandler, AZ

You get good at telling jokes by telling jokes. It’s like anything else. You messed up because you got nervous, and that’s to be expected. Try again and you’ll be successful and success breeds confidence.

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